The Grob G-520 Strato (Egret), was originally intended as a cheap alternative to the U-2. Of the six built, one flies for Australia, while four remain in service in the US, utilized by agencies like the CIA and DEA as platforms for ELINT and high-altitude radio relay, as well as atmospheric sciences.
http://www.spyflight.co.uk/grob%20new.htm
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1192736/M/
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0097909/M/
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By: Pdunn
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@ 2006-08-28 20:37:00
Lockheed Quiet Star YO-3A After the vietnam war I recall reading about super-quite recon planes that flew at night at low levels.
here... I've found it on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army-Lockheed_YO-3A
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@ 2006-08-28 21:05:20
Thanks for the tip. After Googling images of the YO=3A,
http://images.google.com/images?q=YO-3A&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&sa=N&tab=wi
I am convinced this is much larger than the aircraft pictured. and I believe it is jet powered.
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@ 2006-08-28 23:23:15
I don't think it is a YO-3A, but rather the earlier verison QT-2 shown in the upper left corner of the first photo panel on this page.
http://www.yo-3a.com/history.html
Note the way the vertical stabilizer is forward of the horizonal stabilizer; the shape of the wing, and the single seat cockpit. It's just the propeller that is either missing or too small to see.
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@ 2006-08-31 21:07:14
The plane on the right is a B-66 Destroyer, I'm still not convinced what the plane on the left is.
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@ 2007-04-12 09:07:57
The long-winged aircraft in this map is a Grob G-520 Strato (Egret), originally intended as a cheap alternative to the U-2. Of the six built, one flies for Australia, while four remain in service in the US, utilized by agencies like the CIA and DEA as a platform for ELINT and high-altitude radio relay, as well as atmospheric sciences.
http://www.spyflight.co.uk/grob%20new.htm
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1192736/M/
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0097909/M/
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Anonymous
@ 2009-03-09 20:13:57
i worked on the egret program for approx. 3.5 yrs and while some of your info is correct, there is a lot more to the aircraft and the program available to the public. one interesting item; it broke the record for time to climb, max alt obtained and max alt. sustained for a manned turbo-prop aircraft.
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